Smit Salvage

Smit International – Tugboat BALAU

Smit Internationale N.V. (or Smit International) was a Dutch company operating in the maritime industry. It was founded in 1842 by Fop Smit as a towage company with onl 1 paddle steamer tug KINDERDIJK. Fop’s sons, Jan and Leendert, continued the company under the name L. Smit & Co and expanded the fleet. In 1870, they began using tugs with …

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Casualties – Container Ship CMA DJAKARTA on fire – July 1999.

On the night of Monday 12th July, 1999 the 1998 built 2,102 TEU containership CMA DJAKARTA caught fire off Crete following an explosion. The vessel, owned by Gebr Winter of Hamburg, was on long-term charter to Compagnie Maritime d’Affretement (CMA), Marseilles from 9th April, 1999. She was deployed on CMA’s North Europe/Japan/China service, NCJ-TPX U.S. …

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Casualties – Vehicle Carrier FELICITY ACE fire – 16.02.2022

On Wednesday 16th February, 2022 the 2005 built 200 metres long vehicle carrier carrying various cargo including 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys amongst nearly 4,000 vehicles caught fire about 200 miles from Terceira Island in the Azores. The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguese) airlifted the 22 crew members which abandoned the ship and survived. Meanwhile the …

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Casualties – Turkish Cargo Ship GOKBEL sinks – 28.12.2014

On the morning of Sunday 28th December, 2014 around 0830 hrs the 2011 built Turkish general cargo ship GOKBEL with 11 crew collided with the 1991 built general cargo ship LADY AZIZA and sank in poor visibility just a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna. Guardia Costiera (Italian Coast Guard) Capitano Di Vascello …

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Casualties – EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA Salvage Update ( 1120 UTC ) – 09.04.2021

As reported yesterday Thursday 9th April, 2021 EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA was secured berthed at Alesund Port, Norway which operation ended around 1700 hrs with NORMAND DROTT towing her with 2.8 knots as speed with BB OCEAN assisting. The salvage team of 4 personnel from Smit Salvage remained onboard during the towage with the Norwegian Coast Guard …

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Casualties – EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA Salvage Update ( 0825 UTC ) – 08.04.2021

Although the weather conditions were still improving, the salvage team decided to start towing EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA during the salvage operation on Thursday 8th March, 2021. According to the Emergency Response Director of the Norwegian Coastal Administration Hans-Petter Mortensholm stated that control of the vessel is secured by starting towing her to the northeast, offshore Fosnavag, …

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Casualties – EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA Salvage Update (1930 UTC) -07.04.2021

Rough weather conditions prompted EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA salvage team to postpone salvage operation on Wednesday 7th April, 2021. “Life and health are always the number one priority in an event like this, and it must be safe to carry out the salvage,” said Norwegian Coastal Administration emergency response director Hans Petter Mortensholm in an update. Calculations …

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Casualties – EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA Salvage Update (0815 UTC) -07.04.2021

Boskalis has confirmed that its subsidiary Smit Salvage has been hired to salvage the EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA which is currently adrift as an abandoned ship after a heavy list with all crew rescued off the coast of Norway last Monday 5th April, 2021. Read also yesterday article – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/04/06/casualties-crew-abandon-ship-eemslift-hendrika-05-04-2021/ Salvage team arrived as early as Tuesday …

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Casualties – EVER GIVEN salvage operation update – 29.03.2021

After 6 days blocking the Suez Canal, the grounded mother container ship EVER GIVEN was partially freed around 0540 hrs ( 0340 UTC) . According to the Suez Canal Authority , the container ship is now fully afloat. Efforts will now get under way to restart shipping navigation, with more than 450 vessels waiting near …

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Casualties – EVER GIVEN aground in Suez Canal – 23.03.2021

On Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 the 2018 built 400 metre mother container ship EVER GIVEN grounded inside the Suez Canal affecting both way traffic and operation of the Suez Canal. As per the reports the ship was crossing the canal under the northbound convoy when the incident happened. No other ship was involved in any …

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